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Eddingtons Giant Cupcake Pan
Eddingtons Giant Cupcake Pan
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Price: £8.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant gift for bakers, 5 Mar. 2012
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I brought this as a gift for my sister She loves baking, especially cup cakes, so this seemed the perfect gift for her and it was! She was delighted, and we were all looking forward to her using it for the first time. It makes a cupcake shaped cake about 10 times bigger than a normal cupcake, and it looks great! If I didnt live in student accomadation, I would have already brought myself one too, but shall have to limit myself to borrowing my sisters on trips home.


To Pleasure a Lady: A Rouge Regency Romance (Courtship Wars Book 1)
To Pleasure a Lady: A Rouge Regency Romance (Courtship Wars Book 1)
Price: £2.62

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To Pleasure a Lady, 5 Mar. 2012
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This was an enjoyable read from a lesser known name in historical romance, and I am glad I found it. Quite an unadventurous storyline, Rake inherits title, along with title comes 3 beautiful unmarried wards, wards don't wish to marry. Rake senses challenge, enters into wager with eldest ward, falls in lust, problem in shape of ex-mistress, problem fixed, fall in love, happy ever after. However Nicole Jordan manages to take this story line, and keep it fresh and engaging and funny, so that as her reader I really wanted to read on. Marcus and Arabella were believable characters, both with endearing flaws and vices, and their relationship was at once fiery and passionate, and protective and loving. Arabella's school for girls was an interesting touch, though it did remind me a bit of Sabrina Jeffries' School for heiresses series (Never Seduce A Scoundrel (The School for Heiresses Series)), but only because they both have the same twist of eligible ladies working and independent through a unconventional school.


Telling Stories
Telling Stories
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings, 5 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: Telling Stories (Kindle Edition)
As the title shows, I have mixed feelings about this book. It's a story about four friends who met while they were at uni. Cora and Mike, who have been dating forever, and are one of those meant to be couples, Lizzie, Cora's best friend since they met at Cardiff Uni, who is also our narrator, and Steve, Mike's best friend. Throughout the book, these relationships change and grow stronger, more intertwined and complicated, which all becomes apparent after the night they meet Jenny.
Jones portrays the situation the friends find themselves in quite realistically, and does get the reader thinking over what they would do in their place, whether they would act differently from Lizzie, and she explores the boundaries of right and wrong, and how what is wrong can seem right in certain situations, (and vise versa), all very interesting.
However there is something about Jones' characters that didn't ring true, especially our narrator, Lizzie. I felt that as a reader, I should be emphasising with her, but I really couldn't. Apart from edging around her feelings for the whole book, making extremely bad decisions, and casually dropping into every other chapter how beautiful she was, opposed to poor plain Cora, not that she noticed, she just seemed to really struggle portraying emotion, especially at the end where she coolly decides that the only solution to her problem is to kill her best friend- not a conclusion many people come to, hopefully. Mike, who I started off liking, by the end was too childlike and dependant, and even Steve, who I suppose was representing the nice guy reflecting Lizzie's unrequited love, his bursts of emotion, that should have caused the reader's sympathy, just seemed a bit fake, and left him seeming unfinished and fragmented.
However saying that, once I got past the rather long beginning section, and ignoring the maddening end section, I did enjoy myself, and there were parts where I really wanted to know what was going to happen next. I think that one of the main problems of this book is that it falls between genres, not quite "chic lit", not quite mystery, it kind of hovers between the two. However it's worth reading, it would especially make a good holiday book, light enough to relax with, mysteriously thrilling enough to keep you entertained.


How to Woo a Reluctant Lady (The Hellions of Halstead Hall Book 3)
How to Woo a Reluctant Lady (The Hellions of Halstead Hall Book 3)

4.0 out of 5 stars True love wins at last, 28 Feb. 2012
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This is Minivera's book, the third book of The Hellions of Halstead Hall series. After seeing her elder brotheres give in to her Grandmothers ultimatum, Minivera feels she has to do something big to get out of getting married. A husband would only control her and stop her from writing her gothic novels she so loves. Masters sees that she needs a husband and seizes the opportunity to try and gain a wife he really wants. The only problem? Minivera loved Masters ever since he held her hand at her parents funeral, only to have her heart broken by him years later. Masters secret double life means that he cannot explain his actions and that he has to live with the rest of society thinking the worst of him.

This book took an often used subject of betrayed youthful love and still managed to make it intresting and fresh. With the added mystery of the death of their parents the Stoneville family are strong characters that you cant help but enjoy reading about.


A Lady Never Surrenders (The Hellions of Halstead Hall Book 5)
A Lady Never Surrenders (The Hellions of Halstead Hall Book 5)

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last Hellion, 28 Feb. 2012
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This is the last book in the Hellions of Halstead Hall series by Sabrina Jeffries. After Celia has watched her four older siblings fall in love, and give into her Grandmothers ultimatum one by one and get married, she knows its down to her. She must get married before the year is up, or she and her brothers and sisters will be disinherited. However Celia has a plan, and she needs Mr Pinters help. The only problem? He has always disapproved of her and her hellion like ways, and never lets a chance to show his disapproval go by, which, as he has been looking into the mystery of her parents murder for the last year, if often.

This was a beautiful story. The last book in the series, especailly when the series is about a very close group like siblings, always has high expectation, and can find it very hard to live up to these. However this book managed almost perfectly: there was just enough back story between Celia and Pinter for the reader to know exactly what we want to happen, but not too much that we know what is going to happen, and there are alot of twists and turns before the happy ending in this book! The characters of Celia and Pinter were warm and very believable, both with their own insecurities and secrets, and any private scenes between them had enough sparks to light up all of Halstead hall!

Definately would advise reading, it stands up well on its own, but to get the full back story of Celia and Pinter, as well as that of her siblings and their partners, who feature in this book, I would encourage reading the whole series in order (The Truth About Lord Stoneville (Hellions of Halstead Hall), A Hellion in Her Bed (Hellions of Halstead Hall), How to Woo a Reluctant Lady (The Hellions of Halstead Hall), and To Wed a Wild Lord (The Hellions of Halstead Hall)), you won't regret it!


Ten Ways to be Adored When Landing a Lord: Number 2 in series (Love by Numbers)
Ten Ways to be Adored When Landing a Lord: Number 2 in series (Love by Numbers)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A heart warming romance, 21 Feb. 2012
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This is the second book in Maclean's Love by Numbers trilogy, following Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love by Numbers). It follows Nick, Gabriels twin brothers, who runs to yorkshire in a bid to hide from the marriage focused debutants and their mothers, and finds instead Lady Isabel Townsend, sister of an Earl, daughter of the infamous Wastreal, and a Lady with many secrets! Invited to come and appraise her marbles (not a euphinism), Nick and his friend Rock feel that something strange is happening in Minerva House, and they are going to find out what it is. However the more Nick stays there, the stronger his conflicting intrests are as he becomes more and more drawn to Isabel.
I did enjoy this book alot, the plot was intresting, there were background storys, the relationship between Nick and Isabel, was warm and sweet and passionate, but yet I felt there was such possibility for me to enjoy it alot more than I did. I felt as if Maclean tried to do too much at once and so didnt put enough focus on the main story of the romance and gradual love between Isobel and Nick.
However saying that, I did enjoy this book, and I do believe it deserves 4 stars, or at least 3.5, and i think one of the reasons it fell short was because Nine rules to break when romancing a Rake, was so good, this book had very high expectations to live up to. I am looking forward to reading the third book, Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart (Love by Numbers), which tells the story of Nick and Gabriels younger half sister.


Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake: Number 1 in series (Love by Numbers)
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake: Number 1 in series (Love by Numbers)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake, 16 Feb. 2012
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This is the first book in a trilogy focusing on the St John family. This book follows dedicated rake Gabriel, Marques of Ranston, and his relationship with Callie, a twenty eight year old spinster with a pristine reputation.
After an evening of revelation, Callie comes up with a list of nine things she wants to do to start living life: smoke, drink, gamble, shoot, have her first kiss... But these experiences are hard to do on your own, and so Callie needs a (reluctant) accomplice. Enter Ranston who needs someone to help bring his young half sister into society. A chance encounter ten years ago leads Callie to ask Ranston for help with her first list item, and a deal is reached.
With younger sisters, twin brothers, elder brothers, impulsive bets and a duel, there are several twists and bends in this entertaining romance, that made me laugh out loud several times , (all on the train, to the joy of the person sat next to me!) I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to all historical fiction fans, and others! I have already broughtTen Ways to be Adored When Landing a Lord (Love by Numbers) and I'm looking forward to it immensely!
9/10 stars!!!


A Secret Affair: Number 5 in series (Huxtable Quintet)
A Secret Affair: Number 5 in series (Huxtable Quintet)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Con's Story, 10 Feb. 2012
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This is the last story in the Huxtable series, and it is Con's story, the mysterious cousin with a dark past and a strong love for his cousins, who he ought to rightly hate.
When I started reading this, I was worried that the plot was also the same as Stephan's book, Seducing an Angel (Huxtable Series), a woman with a dark past seduces them for her own purposes, and they play mistress/ lover for a while before they reveal their secrets, fall in love and get married.
However, as I read on, I was pleasently suprised. Balough manages to steer the book past this danger and creatw a whole new story, which I actually enjoyed much more than Stephans. Con has been a mystery for the first 4 books, and so I was looking forward to finding out his secrets, especially those relating to his fight with his cousin Elliot. Hannah, Con's lover and the heroine of the book, has her own secrets and heartache, but despite what society thinks of her, is actually very vunerable and lovable (both as a heroine and to Con!). The only part of the book which annoyed me, was where Con's family tried to protect him from Hannah, which as everyone of them had marrages to people with their own dark secrets and reputations and yet found their happily ever after, I thought this was a bit rich coming from them. But that is just a personal greviance rather than an actual complaint against the book.
I definately would recomend this book, especailly to readers who have read the rest of the Huxtable series, as all the previous characters are mentioned and it is a very good ending to the series, but it also works as a stand alon book too.


Remington S6600 Stylist Multi Style Ceramic Styler
Remington S6600 Stylist Multi Style Ceramic Styler
Offered by fiducia-shop Preise inkl. MwSt
Price: £22.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Straight hair once more!, 8 Feb. 2012
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I have quite difficult to control hair, which seems to resit being styled in any way, so I had quite given up on trying to straighten it without bumps and chinks etc. However, on a whim I borght these, and was very pleasently surprised.

Looks: Pinky red and black they look stylish and also quite proffesional, they come with a matching bag.
Heat: There is a dial numbered 1-30 so that you can choose the heat setting that you wish/ is suitable for your hair.
Handling: Has curved casing to make it easier to make waves and to style. The outside takes a very long time to heat up, that for most people you wont notice it at all. Around the plates is metal, to make it easierr to do waves etc, but with enough plastic so that you can hold and do shorter styles without problems.

Other details: Comes with a long wire so the plug to mirror reach shouldnt be a problem. There is an on/off switch, and a blue light that flashes when heating and is on when heated. There is also a switch to shut the straighteners, which does work, but has to be put on fully or they spring open again.
Comes with two adjustable width settings so that as well as stragihtening you have an option of three curl widths. I have only used these breifly to see if they work, and they do, though the longer the hair the easier it is, but this is true for most straighteners/curlers.

Overall, I would definately recommend these, I've not had one problem with them. 9/10


First Comes Marriage: Number 1 in series (Huxtable Quintet)
First Comes Marriage: Number 1 in series (Huxtable Quintet)
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The first Huxtable, 3 Feb. 2012
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This is the first book in Mary Balogh's Huxtable series, and also my first Mary Balogh book. It follow the Huxtable family, Meg, Vanessa, Kate and Stephan, as they go from poor country family, to become an Earl and his sisters. This book follows the romance between middle sister Vanessa and Elliot, the previous Earls cousin and Stephan's Guardian.
I wont re-tell the plot again, but will say that I really enjoyed this book, I am a big fan of Historical Romance and so was really pleased to find Balogh who has the perfect mixture of love, passion, suspense/ mystery, humour and history in her books. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the Huxtable series, and hope they will all be as good as this one was.


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